rafters on the French Broad River in north carolina


Asheville, NC

Classic Family Adventure on the French Broad Near Asheville

Add a splash to your Asheville visit with a whitewater rafting trip! Whether your group is looking for a quick trip conveniently located near downtown, or a more detailed adventure itinerary, Nantahala Outdoor Center offers adventure on several iconic rivers in the Southeast.

Just a short drive outside of Asheville is the scenic French Broad River. On NOC’s French Broad rafting trips, you’ll explore the third-oldest river in the world, located deep in the rugged Pisgah National Forest. With spectacular mountain views and splashy Class II-III rapids, this trip is ideal for families or those looking for a fun, convenient trip just outside of the city.

Experience even more adventure at NOC’s 500-acre main campus located just outside of Bryson City. For over 40 years, the Nantahala Gorge has been a destination for families for whitewater rafting trips, mountain top zip lining, mountain biking, two riverfront restaurants, even cabin and lodging options adjoining the Appalachian Trail.

Whether you are visiting Asheville or a local, a whitewater rafting trip in the mountains of Western North Carolina is something your family will never forget!

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Raft more, save more! Book 2 NOC whitewater rafting trips on different rivers and save 10%, book 3 different rivers and save 15%, or book 4 different rivers and save 20% on your entire rafting reservation.
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